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The winner of the Best Community Impact Award will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winner will be offered an all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts for one year and will receive business mentorship from the award sponsor. Thanks!

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Fishing this week

October 14, 2013

Shaun left this morning for fall chum fishing and it’s a beautiful day for it!  We expect him home by the end of the week and members can expect a fresh fish pick up on the weekend. Happy thanksgiving!

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Survey reminder

October 7, 2013

Just a friendly reminder that you have until Wednesday October 9th to complete our 10 question survey and get entered into our harbour cruize/sustainable seafood good bag prize draw. Thanks to all those who already responded. Looking forward to your feedback, and improving the CSF for next year!

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CSF’s in National Geographic

October 7, 2013

Check out this great National Geographic article about CSF’s and other examples of seafood entrepreneurship in the United States. Our Alaskan friends at the Copper River Wild Salmon Company are starting up a local processing plant. Their nonprofit facility will enable local fishermen to have control over the processing, labeling, and distribution of their high quality … Continued

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Fill out our survey for a chance to win a harbour cruise/seafood prize!

October 2, 2013

END-OF-SEASON SURVEY We are so grateful to all of you for supporting us over these past 5 years as we dreamed-up, implemented, and grew Canada’s first CSF in something that now supports  10 independent fishermen, countless other independent small businesses, and feeds hundreds of families! We have experienced many growing pains over the years and learned … Continued

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The current price paid for food production is not enough to support farming or sustainable fishing families, or those who work for them. While the costs for participating in both livelihoods go up, the amount both small-scale farmers and fishermen make continues to decrease. Carving out a living is becoming more and more difficult. Not … Continued

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Update on Fishing

September 6, 2013

Otto is back up on the water, but unfortunately, it wasn’t a great week for fishing. He is waiting for announcements for next week and is madly hoping to catch something to bring down for a final fresh fish pick-up before the “Meet your Fisherman” BBQ on Sunday September 15th

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Supporting small-scale fishermen

September 6, 2013

Thank-you members! Your support this season made it possible for us to provide small-scale fishermen with a fair price for their catch. Our full-time fishermen made approximately $32,000 this summer. If they had been selling those same fish at the prices set by big businesses, they would have only made $24,000. That’s an $8,000 difference! … Continued

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Fukushima – should we be worried?

August 29, 2013

How worried should we be about the Fukushima radiation that is still leaking uncontrollably? There are still a lot of unknowns, but things look good for Pacific Salmon. Unfortunately, things are not looking so hot for tuna, and seafood imported from Japan is not a good idea. However, experts say that the radiation from eating … Continued

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Adventures in Smoking

August 20, 2013

One of our members, Dave, shared some great photos with us of his most recent smoker adventure. Thanks Dave! Whole Fish Fillets Marinating Chillin’ You want pellicles (shiny, sticky layer) to form on the surface. Cool using a fan to speed up the process     Top view Wood Chips All done, yum!  

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Kimberly

Member since 2012

"We come from farming families here on the Prairie and joined Skipper Otto way back when because we loved the concept of directly supporting 'farmers' (and getting awesome seafood!). The commitment and dedication to what you are doing, and the amazing community you have created is wonderful to be part of."